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President Rouhani: Iran to Increase 8,000 Hospital Beds by Yearend

President Rouhani: Iran to Increase 8,000 Hospital Beds by Yearend

"We will add 8,000 hospital beds by the yearend," Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran on Saturday.

He added that 1,500 hospital beds for special cases have also been added to the capacity of the country's medical system since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, noting that 2 drug production lines are also added every month to the country's pharmaceutical capacity.

President Rouhani also praised the country's medical staff for their hard work which helped control coronavirus epidemic and treat patients, saying that their performance is comparable to what their colleagues have done in other countries in area of campaign against coronavirus.

He, meantime, referred to the Iranian Armed Forces' preparedness to treat the coronavirus patients after the outbreak of the disease, and said thanks God, given the medical staff's hard work, the beds prepared by the Armed Forces have not been needed yet.

President Rouhani had said in March that his country was not facing any shortage in hospital beds, physicians and nurses in combat against the coronavirus epidemic, but meantime, stressed that Iran will import any necessary medicine and equipment if needed.

“Fortunately, we have no shortage of beds, doctors and nurses in the country and even in intensive care units in many cities and provinces, we have more room,” Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran.

"Today, our people are in relatively good conditions for meeting their needs, and we have no shortage of beds, doctors and nurses,” he added.

The Iranian health ministry announced on Friday that 2,566 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been diagnosed in the country in the past 24 hours, adding that 1,483 patients have been hospitalized.

"2,566 more patients infected with coronavirus have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours, while 1,483 patients have been hospitalized," Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Friday.

Sadat Lari added that the number of the people infected with COVID-19 amounted to 235,429 in the country.

“Unfortunately, 154 patients lost their lives during the past 24 hours, increasing the number of the dead to 11,260,” she noted.

The health ministry spokeswoman expressed happiness that 196,464 patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals.

Sadat Lari expressed concern that 3,123 of coronavirus patients are in critical conditions.

She also informed that 1,744,958 COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been conducted in the country.

The spokeswoman said that Khuzestan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Hormozgan, Bushehr, Khorasan Razavi and Ilam provinces are in red condition; while Tehran, Fars, Mazandaran, Hamedan, Zanjan, Alborz and Sistan and Balouchestan provinces are in alert condition.

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